Welcome to 2018!

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good! I hope you’re feeling good too.

Welcome everyone to 2018. We’re starting off the year feeling all the feels. I’ve had a brilliant break and I’m raring to go as of Wednesday 16 January next week, when the studio reopens its doors.

Excitingly, the door is now at the front of the newly-painted house, not at the side as it used to be, and it’s a simple knocker arrangement. When entering for the first time, please knock, push the yellow door open (if you’re not the first student for the afternoon), and take a seat in the vestibule. I’ll greet you shortly. You may also be greeted by Poppy the moody growler (she’ll bark horribly, so don’t touch her – let her come to you), or better yet, Dougal the darling groodle puppy, who loves everyone. If you have allergies, I hope you’ll cope with these two non-shedding dogs. If you are fearful of dogs, just let me know and I’ll ensure they don’t disturb you. We also have a very old cat, Lucy, and 3 crazy chickens, who may or may not be visible.

Make sure you always close the gate and the front door behind you.

We have a little problem with the toilets: we are about to renovate the back of our house and will not have any toilet available while renovating. Please don’t ask to use the loo!

In other news, Scott and I have been contracted to write a new book on musical theatre training – it should be a great experience, and will no doubt teach me lots of new stuff to pass on to you. Don’t wait for the publication date, though: it’s miles off.

Let me know, too, what YOU want from Plainsong Studios. Would you like performance opportunities, or audition technique classes? Would you like the occasional VERY GOOD pianist to accompany you during your lesson for a small fee? Would you like to perform in a mid-year concert, or are you just happy with one-to-one singing lessons? Would you like some more sight singing sessions, or some acting/singing workshops? Let me know. I know just the people to join me for your benefit.

Happy New Year Everyone!




About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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